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Are there good bedtime habits that can help me with my allergies?

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Sleep with your head up. Prop yourself up with some pillows. Lying flat can let mucus build up in your sinuses and clog your nose.

Drink water in the evening. Stay hydrated. It keeps nasal mucus thin and helps it to drain, which means less nighttime stuffiness.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember” and "Humidifiers and Indoor Allergies."

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Dust Mite Allergy: Tips for Reducing House Dust Allergies.”

Allergy & Asthma Network: “Sleep Matters: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Asthma and Allergies.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What To Do About Sinusitis.”

Tammemagi, C. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head& Neck Surgery, 2010.

Nemours Foundation: “Sinusitis.”

Arroyave, W. Annals of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology, March 2014.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 27, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember” and "Humidifiers and Indoor Allergies."

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Dust Mite Allergy: Tips for Reducing House Dust Allergies.”

Allergy & Asthma Network: “Sleep Matters: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Asthma and Allergies.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What To Do About Sinusitis.”

Tammemagi, C. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head& Neck Surgery, 2010.

Nemours Foundation: “Sinusitis.”

Arroyave, W. Annals of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology, March 2014.

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 27, 2020

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